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Cigarette likely cause of house fire

A cigarette is the likely cause of a Grass Valley house fire that left a family of five homeless, according to the Nevada County Consolidated Fire District.

The Thursday fire at 11156 Cliffs Place, next to the Nevada County Fairgrounds, started in a living room couch, Battalion Chief Vern Canon said Friday. He said the couch wasn’t near any heating sources, and electrical problems were also ruled out.

One family member is a smoker, Canon said, and the tentative cause is also consistent with 10-year-old David Everton’s statement that the couch burned slowly at first, producing a bright red glow before igniting the drapes.

The boy was credited with awakening his parents, brother and sister before flames consumed the house and burned most of the family’s belongings.

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